Councils in core offer warning
Local authorities could be forced into just offering a basic ‘core offer’ of services unless they receive extra Government funding, the County Councils’ Network (CCN) has warned.
Appeal bid launched over sleep-in shifts legal dispute
The legal battle over pay for carers working sleep-in shifts is to rumble on after an appeal was lodged with the Supreme Court.
Better Care Fund stand-off continues
The stand-off between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Better Care Fund (BCF) officials will continue after Smith Square refused to endorse the latest guidance.
Minister announces consultation over 'bullying' of care workers
Social care workers will be consulted on the workforce issues they face following accusations of widespread ‘bullying and harassment’.
Simon Stevens outlines 'opportunity to review' Better Care Fund
The social care green paper and NHS’ 10-year plan provides an ‘opportunity to review’ the Better Care Fund (BCF), NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested.
Brokenshire considering new devolution models
James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.
Green Paper 'must address cash shortfalls'
MPs have urged ministers not to ignore ‘worrying’ declines in social care budgets as the UK prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.
Health and social care inequality 'holding back integration'
Social care must be treated as an equal partner of the NHS if integration is to succeed, a report has found.
Hillier laments Whitehall cost shunting
An influential MP has raised concerns about Whitehall cost shunting.
MPs say levy for over 40s could fund free social care
People aged over 40 should pay a dedicated social care premium to fund free care in the future, MPs have said.
While the delays to the publication of the Government’s social care green paper disappointed the sector it did at least provide some entertaining metaphors from commentators.
Social care green paper delayed - again
The long-awaited social care green paper has been further delayed until the autumn after repeated Whitehall insistencies it was on track.
Councils 'overwhelming' justice system
The incoming head of the family division of the High Court has attacked councils for fuelling the applications ‘crisis’ overwhelming the justice system.
Make social care ‘free at the point of need’
Social care should be ‘free at the point of need’ like the NHS, a bold new report into the health and care system has recommended.
From care services to more caring places
Alex Khaldi explains why insight and oversight matter in social care.
Councils pessimistic over their future sustainability
Three-quarters of senior officers expect austerity to claim more victims in the coming year, while a third are pessimistic about balancing savings with protecting frontline services in years to come.
Regulator gets top council job
The chief executive of Scotland’s social care regulator has been appointed boss of Perth & Kinross Council.
Allied agrees rescue plan
Homecare provider Allied Healthcare has agreed a rescue plan with its creditors.
Social care at 'clear fork in the road'
Social care in England is at a ‘clear fork in the road’ between retaining the current system or making it free like the NHS, according to a study from two major health think-tanks.
Should we trust the survey on trust?
If you want to be popular don’t become a politician is the message from the latest Veracity Index into the professions the public most trust.